May 23rd, 2018
Limerick’s Live 95FM are delighted to announce the addition of a new charity partner, Cliona’s Foundation, to their charity fundraiser Live 95FM’s 95 Stop Tour for 2018.
Cliona’s Foundation will join existing partners, CARI Limerick and the Children’s Ark including Neonatal Unit at University Hospital Limerick.
In excess of €600,000 has been raised by Live 95FM’s 95 Stop Tour for Limerick Kids thanks to the generosity of the people of Limerick over the past 8 years.
Speaking at yesterday’s launch, Julie White, Sales and Marketing Manager from Limerick’s Live 95FM said:
“Limerick’s Live 95FM are delighted to welcome Cliona’s Foundation to the 95 Stop Tour in 2018. Cliona’s is a perfect fit for the tour, which aims to generate much needed funds for sick and vulnerable kids and their families in Limerick each year. We are looking forward to working with the fantastic teams at Cliona’s Foundation, CARI Limerick, and University Hospital Limerick to make the 2018 Live 95FM 95 Stop Tour a massive success!”
CEO of Cliona’s Foundation, Brendan Ring expressed his gratitude for being included in this year’s tour:
“We are delighted that Cliona’s Foundation will be part of the 2018 Limerick’s Live 95FM 95 Stop Tour. We recognise the 95 Stop Tour as a wonderful fundraising campaign and we are looking forward to playing our part in making the 2018 version the best tour yet. It’s a great opportunity to get the story of Cliona’s out there to a wider audience and of course it is a significant generator of much needed funds for the charities involved.
I was impressed by the energy and drive at the first meeting and I am excited to be working with Limerick’s Live95FM and the other charity partners, CARI, and the Children’s Ark/ Neonatal unit of the University Hospital Limerick.”
Mary Madden from CARI added:
“CARI are delighted to be on board again with the 95FM 95 Stop Tour for Limerick Kids! We would like to welcome Cliona’s foundation and we look forward to working with them and the Children’s Ark and the Neonatal Unit in the Maternity Hospital. We would like to sincerely thank all the people of Limerick city and county who have come out and supported us through doing all kinds of fundraising events for the 95FM 95 Stop Tour over the past number of years. Please come out again this year and have some fun and craic along with helping out four worthy causes!”
While Dr Roy Philip spoke on behalf of the Children’s Ark including Neonatal Unit:
“The 95 stop tour over the last few years collected the much-needed additional funds for the Children's Ark at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) and Neonatal Unit at University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL). We are indebted to the kind-hearted people of Limerick and the wider Mid-West for their generous support over the years and we hope that this year we will see more local events and community activities that contributes to the 95 stop tour. Such funds generated will be spent locally to help and support the sick babies and children of this region through the purchase of high-tech equipment with appropriate staff training and research as well as to improve the child-friendly facilities in hospitals.”
This year’s tour will take place week commencing September 17th, with the Live 95FM 95 Stop Tour Team out in force across Limerick City and County, however there will many fundraising events throughout the summer and beyond.
Events already confirmed include, The Limerick Class Car Show at Limerick Racecourse this Sunday, May 27th, The Jeff Power Memorial Soccer Tournament in August and Cliona’s Foundation Cycle on August 25th.
Communities, businesses and schools across Limerick hold fundraising events including Coffee Mornings, Bingo Nights, Welly Wednesday, Fun Cycles, Walks, Pyjama Parties, Raffles, Living in a Window, and Family Fun Days, all in aid of the Live 95FM 95 Stop Tour.
If your community, business or school would like to be involved in this year’s Live 95FM 95 Stop Tour, get in touch with the team at Limerick’s Live 95FM:
Coordinator of Live 95FM’s 95 Stop Tour
Limerick's Live 95fm
Further information for Editors
Cliona’s is a national charity that helps families cope with caring for a seriously sick child. The Foundation provides financial assistance directly to the families of children with life-limiting or chronic complex care needs across Ireland to help with the non-medical costs related to caring for their child.
Cliona’s Foundation is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital. The charity achieved Triple Lock governance status in 2017.
Non-medical costs, particularly for parents from outside Dublin (where most of the hospitals are) who have to travel to visit their child in hospital can be as much as €145 a day. It is estimated that it costs an additional €10,000 per annum to care for a child with a life limiting condition. Cliona’s is the only charity in Ireland that provides nationwide financial assistance to help families with the non-medical costs of caring for their child.
Cliona’s has provided financial assistance to over 500 families across 29 counties in Ireland since 2007 and has helped over 70 families in Limerick City & County. One hundred and one families were assisted in 2017.
CARI Limerick provide a professional, child centred therapy and counselling service to children, families, and groups who have been affected by the sexual abuse of children. Without the support of Live 95FM’s 95 Stop Tour each year, this service would not exist in Limerick.
Children’s Ark and Neonatal Unit, University Hospital Limerick
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